My Favorite Leg Exercise With a Twist

I am a huge fan of walking lunges. In fact, if you have read my blog for awhile, you might remember a previous post where I called them my favorite lower body exercise. Nothing has changed there. They are still my favorite. I just think if you looking for a good bang for your buck lower body exercise, you can't beat them. It works the quads, glutes, and hamstrings all at once while also improving balance and coordination. If you do them holding dumbells, you get the added benefit of upper back, trap, and grip work too. Can't beat that. [...]


Healthy Chicken Nugget Recipe

The inspiration for this post came from a recent article I read about how most chicken nuggets are made. You can check it out here. To say I was disgusted would be an understatement. I ate a ton of chicken nuggets as a kid. In fact, it was one of the few foods my mom could actually get me to eat. Now, I’ll definitely think twice before ordering them again. Eewww. That doesn’t mean I won’t eat them, however. In fact, I do eat them just about every day and they are a staple in my diet; I just make [...]


For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 28

I am back from Florida and getting back in the swing of things faster than I thought I might, which is nice. I got back into the gym this morning for the first time in two weeks and had an awesome workout, which felt great (and by great, I mean I did walking lunges and now I'm ridiculously sore and hating life), and I and basically caught up with everything I fell behind on. I did not think I would be able to put together a video compilation this week, or at least not a good one, but lucky for [...]


Random Vacation Thoughts

Well, I just got back from my short trip to Florida, and it was an absolute blast. I know I normally keep blog posts to training-related topics, but I thought I would stray a little bit and just recap some of the highlights from the trip a little bit. I guess you could consider it "Extremely Random Thoughts." I hope you may find some of it interesting, and if nothing else, it will give you a little more insight into me as a person. My blog, my rules. If you are interested in training-related stuff, just scroll down to the [...]


Good Reads for the Week (Special Easter Edition)

I am getting ready to head out the door to go visit my mom and grandmother in Florida for Easter, but first, as promised, I have put together another installment of Good Reads from the past week (or technically the last 4 days). Considering the short week, I think this turned out to be an excellent compilation, with 60 links in all. Truth be told, a list this size may actually be better than some of the mammoth ones I have been putting out recently because there is a possibility of actually making it through everything. In any case, between [...]


Random Thoughts and Quick Hits

It's been awhile since I've done a random thoughts post, but I have a lot of stuff swirling around in my head so I thought now would be as good a time as any to start it back up. 1. Offset Rear Foot Elevated Split Squats. I spent some time playing around with offset loading techniques for some of my lower body training last fall (you can see this earlier post for some of my thoughts) but I have gotten away from it as of late. My reason for dropping it was not that I don’t like it, because I [...]


For Your Viewing Pleasure: Special Easter Edition

My plans for the rest of this week have changed a little bit, so I am moving this post up a day from when I normally post it. On Friday, I will be going down to Florida to visit my mom and grandmother for Easter weekend and I will returning Tuesday morning. It’s going to be awesome. I haven’t seen them since Christmas, not to mention that it’s 90 degrees and sunny down there. Not too shabby. I don’t plan on making any posts while I’m there though, so I want to cram as much as I can in this [...]


Watch and Learn

First off, if you have not checked out my Good Reads post from yesterday, be sure to do that. Even if you have, you may want to check it again because there is no way you have made it through everything already. If you have, then you deserve some kind of speed reading award. Ok, getting back on track. I probably should have called this post Learn and Watch, but that just doesn’t sound as good. I want to first tell you about a cool new learning opportunity and then let you turn your brain off for a minute and [...]


Good Reads for the Week

Well, it's Sunday, and you know what that means...Good Reads for the Week. It's funny, this whole week I felt really busy and didn't spend as much time reading as I usually might, but when it came time to post this list, it ended up being the biggest and best one yet with over 120 links in all.I have been getting a lot of questions about how I have the time to put these lists together while also coaching 6 days a week. The more I do these compilations, the easier it becomes and the more efficient I get at [...]


A Row So Awesome You Can Fly (While You Do It)

First things first: if you missed yesterday’s For Your Viewing Pleasure post, be sure to check it out and see all the awesome training videos from last week.I have been experimenting with an exercise that I think you might really like, so I wanted to take a minute to share it with you. I also have a hard time naming exercises, so in typical non-creative fashion, I went with “1 Arm Inverted Row/Reverse Fly Combo” (though I’m open to better suggestions). While it’s a lame name, it’s anything but a lame exercise. Part row, part fly, part core exercise= Totally [...]